Message from Jack Payne, Vice President for Extension and Outreach, and Wendy Wintersteen, Dean, College of Agriculture, Iowa State University:

This year, everyone's eyes will be following the progress in Iowa's corn fields. The nation's No. 1 corn state is gaining new attention as farmers are expected to significantly increase their acreage to take advantage of the boom in corn-based ethanol.

Iowa's corn fields are one signal of the revolutionary changes coming to agriculture. It's exciting because agriculture drives Iowa's economy and can contribute even more in the bioeconomy -- that vast potential for renewable solutions to our nation's food, feed, and energy needs.

The opportunities come with many challenges. That's why we contend that Iowa State University also needs to be the leader in research and extension for the benefit of agriculture.

This special issue of Integrated Crop Management focuses on one challenge: corn following corn. Iowa State University Extension specialists explore this topic and share their expertise on what it means for managing those fields.

This special newsletter was made possible by Iowa State University's Corn and Soybean Initiative, which provides science-based crop production information to Iowa growers to increase their productivity and competitiveness.

SOURCE: Iowa State University IC-498 (1) -- February 12, 2007 issue.